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Suwon Samsung's predicted collapse and belated determination

Suwon Samsung drew with Gangwon FC with a score of 0:0 in the final B match of the 38th round of K League 1 2023 at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the afternoon of the 2nd.

At the same time, the match between Suwon FC and Jeju United at Suwon Stadium drew 1:1 and Suwon tied Suwon FC with eight wins, nine draws and 21 losses and 33 points. However, they faced a reality of being directly demoted to the second division as they were pushed back to 35 goals and 44 goals in multiple points.

Founded in 1995, Suwon is a traditional club that has lifted 24 championships, including four K-League wins (1998, 1999, 2004, 2008), five FA Cup wins (2002, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2019), and two AFC Champions League wins (2000-01, 2001-02).

But the glorious glory has all become a thing of the past. Suwon ranked 10th last season and managed to stay after the promotion PO. Suwon fans have been criticized frequently for their complacent management of the club and frequent manager changes, but there has been no change or two miracles for the club. In the end, he stayed at the bottom of the season and accepted the humble report card of going to K League 2 (division 2) for the first time in 28 years.

On this day, "Big Bird (a nickname for Suwon World Cup Stadium)" hung a large hanger with the phrase "The front desk, coach, and player without ambition, go out right away/Suwon has always refused to take third place", and several banners asking for the front office's responsibility.

Suwon Samsung supporters 'Frente Tricolo', who filled the stands despite the cold weather in midwinter in December, showed strong faith and affection toward the team. Before kickoff, he drew hearts through Suwon's blue, white, and red card sections, and in the second half, he also staged a cheering match using blue and white umbrellas and paper pollen.

However, the joys and sorrows of the two teams crossed with the final whistle of the match announcing the draw. Among the delighted Gangwon players, Suwon players were in pain by slumping on the ground or holding their faces together as if they did not accept the reality of relegation.

A moment of silence fell on the supporters' seats, which constantly cheered the players by singing cheering songs throughout the game, as if they had poured ice water on them. For a while, he soon began to rage, with shouts and boos from all over the audience toward the front desk.

While very few excited fans clashed with the staff and struggled in the stands, one fan holding a loudspeaker even called for an apology from the CEO and the general manager. In addition to water bottles and cans to the stadium, red salt (cheering smoke bombs) was also seen flying in front of the team, who dropped their heads on the ground.

Starting with CEO Lee Joon, acting director Yeom Ki-hoon, Kim Bo-kyung and general manager Oh Dong-seok apologized for the relay. Suwon's acting legend Yeom Ki-hoon shed tears and dropped his head in a miserable state.

There is no excuse for the electronic board, which is placed behind the players who leave the ground with heavy steps. With the words "I sincerely apologize," only the empty sentence, "I will be reborn as Suwon Samsung with the determination of the re-creation group," was alternately shining.
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Sunday, December 3, 2023
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